2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gen. Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor
"Recent Iranian actions involving a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the entire Middle East. The recent ballistic missile launch is also in defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 which calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of launching nuclear weapons, including launches such ballistic missile technology. These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces which Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels and threatened United States and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region. The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Iran's maligned actions, including weapons transfers, support for terrorism and other violations of international norms. The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East which places American lives at risk. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration as well as the United Nations as being weak and ineffective. Instead of being thankful to the United States in these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice. Thank you."
President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the administration is putting Iran "on notice" after it tested a ballistic missile.
Michael Flynn told reporters Wednesday that the Trump administration "condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East that puts American lives at risk."
He says "Iran is now feeling emboldened," criticizing the Obama administration for failing "to respond adequately."
Flynn says that "we are officially putting Iran on notice," although it's not clear what he meant.
A defense official said this week that the missile test ended with a "failed" re-entry into the earth's atmosphere.
The official had no other details, including the type of missile. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.